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By CLAY CUNNINGHAM
LINCOLN CITY—Heritage Hills’ Kaebra LaGrange will get the rare opportunity to play two sports collegiately after signing last month to play volleyball and basketball for Oakland City University.
LaGrange, a four-year starter and two-time All-PAC selection on the Patriot volleyball team, said, “I always thought I would just play volleyball.” But she jumped at the chance to participate in both sports when it was presented to her.
LaGrange averaged 8.9 points and 6.7 rebounds and received All-PAC honorable mention in basketball this year.
She capped her Heritage Hills volleyball career with a senior season in which she led the team with 382 kills and 56 ace serves and was second with 415 assists.
In addition to the opportunity to play two sports, LaGrange said she chose Oakland City because “I felt like I would have a good support system from my family and my coaches. It’s close to home so they can come watch me play, which I really liked.”
She was also drawn to the school because of its emphasis on faith, saying, “That’s important to me.”
She plans to major in biology.
She said she’s talked with both coaches and came away feeling she would have a well-defined role right off the bat in both sports and expects to see a lot of playing time.
“I hope to make a big impact when I come in,” she said.
“My goals are to become the best player I can be and contribute as much as I can,” she added. “I’m excited to play.”
She is the daughter of former Perry Central four-sport star John LaGrange, who played basketball for Oakland City. Her mother, the former Tammy Nixon, played volleyball for Oakland City.